Nowadays, two different heat accounting methods are available: the direct method, based on heat meters, and the indirect one, based on heat cost allocators. Unfortunately, in existing buildings, due to the plant configuration, heat meters are often technically unfeasible or not cost efficient, whereas heat cost allocators can be easily installed in almost all conditions. At the same time, the indirect method relies on a high number of interconnected devices with installation and operative conditions often variable within the same building and influencing the on-field metrological performances. In this paper, the authors propose a novel “hybrid” method for accurate heat accounting combining the advantages of indirect method with the higher accuracy typical of direct methods. The proposed method has been experimented at INRIM, the primary metrology institute in Italy, assessing the on-field performance in a virtual eight-apartments building. The experimental results show that the proposed method always presents improved accuracy.

A novel measurement method for accurate heat accounting in historical buildings

Dell'Isola M.
;
Ficco G.;
2020

Abstract

Nowadays, two different heat accounting methods are available: the direct method, based on heat meters, and the indirect one, based on heat cost allocators. Unfortunately, in existing buildings, due to the plant configuration, heat meters are often technically unfeasible or not cost efficient, whereas heat cost allocators can be easily installed in almost all conditions. At the same time, the indirect method relies on a high number of interconnected devices with installation and operative conditions often variable within the same building and influencing the on-field metrological performances. In this paper, the authors propose a novel “hybrid” method for accurate heat accounting combining the advantages of indirect method with the higher accuracy typical of direct methods. The proposed method has been experimented at INRIM, the primary metrology institute in Italy, assessing the on-field performance in a virtual eight-apartments building. The experimental results show that the proposed method always presents improved accuracy.
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